What can you do in St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda?
Whether you seek physical activity, relaxation amidst stunning natural beauty, or immersion in life's finer luxuries (or all of these!), Antigua and its tiny sister island Barbuda are rich with options.
Play a few rounds of golf
The scenic 18-hole Cedar Valley Golf Course was designed and built by Ralph Aldridge in 1970, snug amongst the hills but with seaside backdrop. Stunning views are also part of play at the award-winning course at Jolly Harbour, designed by Karl Litton.
Go caving with a private guide on Barbuda
Antigua's sister island is a natural limestone wonder dotted with caves and sinkholes just begging to be explored. Most accessible for private tours is Two Foot Bay, where caves run along cliffs by the sea. Your guide can also point out ancient petroglyphs and other archeological artefacts.
Charter a luxury yacht or catamaran
Spending a day sailing the blue waters around Antigua and Barbuda is like nothing else, and a hidden beach for exploring never far. Catamaran Sailing Antigua will set you up with a personal crew and gourmet lunch service on Cool Cat, their signature luxury catamaran yacht.
Where to Stay in St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda?
Antigua has made an art form of hospitality and luxury stays are easily booked.
The Inn at English Harbour
Blending colonial comfort with contemporary luxury, The Inn hugs the hillside overlooking English Harbour. There are also private beach-side suites for those who can't resist the sugar white sand and azure waves. Features include facilities for tennis, wellness/spa treatments as well an emphasis on organic healthy cuisine.
Most of the better hotels offer spa services, but the facilities at the eco-friendly Hermitage Bay complex are next-level. And with private villas dotting the hillside, exquisite dining with vegan and vegetarian options, it may be the healthiest luxury resort on the island.
Intimate, comfortable and all-inclusive in a way that's still deluxe, Curtain Bluff is an old school 5-star resort that's been popular with world travelers since the 60s. Tucked away on the south side of the island, this facility is dedicated to tranquility and relaxation rather than party vibes.
Where to Eat in St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda?
On these islands, even the finest dining ends to be on the casual side, often enjoyed alfresco or on covered verandas and romantic patios.
Located on the outskirts of St. John's, overlooking Runaway Bay, La Boussola serves up luxurious Italian eats with thoughtful wine pairings. Enjoy fresh seafood and pasta on a covered terrace open to the sea breeze.
The Estate House (Jumbo Bay)
Located off-shore on the car-free luxury resort island of Jumby Bay, The Estate House celebrates the elevation of West Indian cuisine in the colonial tradition. Located in an 1830s plantation cottage, this is a premiere gourmet destination in the Caribbean.
Antigua's first real French cuisine restaurant is still its favorite for classical European dishes with a Caribbean twist. Le Bistro opened in 1981.
What events to attend in St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda?
Travel to Antigua and Barbuda is soul-soothing in the winter months, but the yearly calendar is dotted with events worth planning for.
Each April and May, the elite of global sailing racers gather in St. John's for Sailing Week, an island tradition since the 1960s. Formal black tie events compete with beach parties amidst the star-studded competition.
This celebration of music and dance is held annually from the end of July to the first Tuesday in August. The most important day is j'ouvert, when brass and steel bands perform.
November 1 marks the day Antigua gained its independence from Britain (only in 1981). The days leading up to this national holiday are filled with parades, music, food fairs, and gala parties.